Factory farms debate heats up near Rochester

Factory farms debate heats up near Rochester

Group aims to stop hog feeding operation

DEBRA LANDIS

Springfield Journal Register(IL)

It’s a social, economic and cultural juxtaposition that sparks controversy in Illinois and other states: The rights of farmers to earn a living from “concentrated animal feeding operations,” also known as factory farms, versus the rights of nearby residents to not have to face diminished property values and potential environmental and health problems such farms can pose.

Concentrated animal feeding operations – or CAFO – can include more than 3,000 head of livestock fed and raised inside a specially built facility.

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